Old Norse and Old Icelandic, The Viking Language Series of Books

The Viking Language series was created to aid instructors, students and self-learners in to learn and teach Old Norse. After years of frustration with outdated Old Norse grammars and readers, Jesse Byock wrote the Viking Language series as a user-friendly alternative for his students. Published through Jules William Press, which provides textbooks at an affordable price for students, the series strives to make itself available to all learners. (Click on the Pictures of the Covers)

Get a sample of what it´s like to learn Old Norse on this site, and begin learning Old Norse with these new books. Our blog and Facebook page are also an excellent source for  vocabulary, articles on Viking language, myth, history and culture, and the latest news in Viking archaeology.

Why the Viking Language Series?

One reviewer says: “If you want to learn about Norse mythology, there are few things that will aid you in your quest more than learning Old Norse. Dabblers will probably have no need of or interest in learning the language of the Vikings, but the more serious a student of pre-Christian Germanic/Norse mythology you are, the more useful you’ll find having a solid knowledge of Old Norse, which is to that spirituality what Latin is to Catholicism, what Hebrew is to Judaism, and what Arabic is to Islam.”

Daniel McCoy the author of The Viking Spirit: An Introduction to Norse Mythology and Religion writes: “When I began teaching myself Old Norse several years ago, there weren’t any especially good or up-to-date textbooks on the language. I did what most people who wanted to learn Old Norse did at the time: cobble together knowledge from several sources of vastly varying quality on Old Norse and modern Icelandic. (Modern Icelandic is about as close to Old Norse as Shakespearean English is to modern English)…”

“Luckily, however, you don’t have to go through that laborious and often confusing process anymore. Archaeologist and historian Jesse L. Byock, the author of the excellent Viking Age Iceland and translator of numerous sagas The Prose Edda: Norse Mythology,  The Saga of the Volsungs,  The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki has written a highly useful, accessible, and engaging textbook of Old Norse for the twenty-first century.” And for a good dictionary, Geir T. Zoëga’s   A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic.”

 The Viking Language Series: Learn Old Norse!

Old Norse, Viking Language 1: Learn Old Norse, Runes, and  IceViking Language 1 : Learn Old Norse, Runes, and Icelandic Sagas (2nd Edition) is an introduction to Old Norse, runes, Icelandic sagas, mythological tales, and the culture of the Vikings. The 15 graded lessons include vocabulary and grammar exercises, 35 readings, pronunciation, 15 maps, 45 illustrations, and 180 exercises. 

Journey through Viking Age Denmark, Iceland, Greenland, Norway, Sweden, Britain, Russia, and Byzantium with original Old Norse readings of Vikings, Norse mythology, gods, heroes, sacral kingship, blood feuds, and daily life.


 Click here for a free Answer Key to Viking Language 1 (1st edition) 

Click here for a free Answer Key to Viking Language 1 (2nd Edition)

Viking Language 1: Learn Old Norse, Runes and Icelandic Sagas and Viking Language 2: The Old Norse Reader are available in as printed books. Viking Language 1 is also available as an ebook.

All available on  Amazon US   Amazon UK   


Viking Language 2 The Old Norse Reader, Learn Old Norse, Runes,

Viking Language 2: The Old Norse Reader immerses the learner in Icelandic and Viking Age sources, including a wide selection of original texts about the Scandinavian gods and beliefs. It provides the tools necessary to read complete sagas and Norse mythic and heroic poetry.

This reader provides a wide collection of unabridged original texts to accompany Viking Language 1. It includes Norse family, kings and legendary sagas, as well as runic verse and eddic and skaldic poetry. The selections range from the Doom of the Gods at the final battle of Ragnarok to descriptions of the ring of power, the gold of the dwarves, and the long winter, inspirations for Wagner’s Ring Cycle, J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, and Game of Thrones.
Viking Language 2: The Old Norse Reader is a stand-alone work-book for classes and the self-learner. It takes the student directly into the Viking World with introductions, history, notes, maps, and cultural discussions. The Old Norse Reader is an indispensable source to learning about Vikings, Iceland, and the Old Scandinavian world. The book includes a comprehensive Old Norse Reference Grammar and an extensive Vocabulary.

Available at  Amazon US   Amazon UK   

Now Available two Audio Albums. Pronounce Old Norse, Runes and Icelandic Sagas

Two MP3 Download Audio Albums teach the pronunciation of saga passages and runes in Viking Language 1Available at Amazon – iTunes – cdbaby

Pronounce Old Norse, Runes and Icelandic Sagas


Pronounce Old Norse, Runes and Icelandic SagasViking Language 1 Audio Lessons 1-8: Pronounce Old Norse

Viking Language 2 Audio Lessons 9-15: Pronounce Old Norse




Old Norse Viking Language Series Flyer Jesse Byock Rune Icelandic Saga